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Ran so Far Away: A Review.

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After our day run. Los Angeles, California. April 2016.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the 2016 Color Fun Fest color run that some of my family completed on Saturday and while there were some nice things about this run, there were also quite a few disappointments.

But to start on a high note, this run, like almost all fun runs raised money for charity so in the spirit of philanthropy, any run is a good run. This specific run (or the company which did the run) raises money for children’s charities which is a big reason they promote the run as a family run.

Because of the ‘family friendly’ drive and the setup of the racetrack, this was also a short track measuring 1.8 miles for a single loop which you could choose to run 1, 2, 3 or even 4 times in a row depending on how you feel. The short track was great for families with young kids who couldn’t make it the full 5k (or whose parents couldn’t, at least…).

This is, however, where some of the cons came in.

I’ll start with the tickets. As stated last time, my family purchased the VIP tickets which, granted, included extra color packs, a color run T-shirt, a bandana, the choice to run more than one run (this last perk was the real reason that I spent the extra money on the day) and they waved the $5 day of pick-up fee. With the short course, however, and the choice to run however much you wanted, really anyone could run any run they wanted.

Part of this was due to extreme lack of organization. The course was unclear – there were cones marking out some but no helpers pointing which direction to move in or where to turn – and because of the lack of helpers or security no one was looking at who was a night runner, day runner, or a VIP runner who could run as many times as they want. If I had known this was the case, I wouldn’t have spent the extra money.

This was advertised as a family fun run, as the vast majority of fun runs are, however for this run, the organization – or lack thereof – made this an impossible run. Simply put, this was a walk, not a run. There was no corralling system and to get ahead of the massive crowd of walkers – many of whom took shortcuts ahead of where runners were anyway – and the start line was blocked by the party crowd (I’ll touch on this in a minute).

Most of the walkers at this run didn’t seem to understand runners’ etiquette either. Where this can’t be blamed on those who organized the event – except that they did make comments about not being a race and don’t worry too much about runners in the color zones (less than helpful) – the lack of organization/volunteers meant no one was calling attention to where walkers was supposed to be.

One big case in this was unclear directional sides. Walkers looking to watch cars race (slowly) walked on the wrong side of the running course blocking walkers and runners trying to fight their way up through the second half of the loop. Walkers note: pay attention to runners especially when you are a big party stretching across the whole course or when you are crossing runner traffic – keep your head on a swivel!

So coming back to the other big note: this is a party run – much more party and much less run. Every run started late after a lot of hyping up of the crowd and throwing of huge color packets. There was live music from a few unknown bands and some electronic music playing in parts of the course as well, which was fun, but it was inconsistent.

There were two color posts but runners more than volunteers were the ones playing in them/throwing the powder at runners – not so fun for actual runners! – which meant that it was a war zone that came to a frenzied stand still you couldn’t fight through. When you could fight through, you were basically clean of powder anyway.

The last little grievance I had – I’m sorry this turned into a bummer post – was that there was a bit of an advertising error in how the night run was set up. They said something about color being sprinkled down on you and about a black lighted course but the black lights were almost nonexistent and the powder set up didn’t change from day night to night run. The powder also so light, you could barely tell it was there unless you really piled it on. Oh, and watch out for runs on a racetrack – the road was still really tacky from the heat and regular ill treatment (by the cars).

But now I’ll try to end on a brighter note!

This run was comparably cheap, which was one of the big reasons that there were so many people/families of all shapes and sizes out in mass. It was amazing watch little kids in strollers and youth sports teams together because they could afford to come out and have fun together.

If you are in a large, battle ready group who loves to walk, this is the fun run for you! If you want to run in a run to show off your training or just push yourself, pick a different fun run.

  • Taylor Gallagher

 

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Dressing for Events the Right Way.

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Godparents and Fashion? Yes, Please! Los Angeles. April 2016

This past weekend I was lucky(?) enough to get to attend three different events stemming from/surrounding my family’s parish/school. Despite the commonalities between these events, each one required a very different fashion approach.

The first event (last Friday night) was a parish wide gala held at a local country club. For me, any event like this (a gala!) is a chance for you to pull out all the sparkles and the glamour – very few of us regularly get the chance!

On the flip side, this is also a school and parish event with both school teachers/staff and the parish clergy in attendance. As someone who works at the school in attendance with many of my students parents, this was also a work event (in terms of thinking about coverage).

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Gala Night Fashion.

Part of why I make this note about coverage comes directly from some of the fashion choices I saw on the dance floor. We had a large contigency of school moms in barely there outfits – painted on bandage dresses, don’t-drop-the-soap hem lines, and sometimes a combination of the two. I need to add, I am not saying this to fashion or body shame anyone. I am simply thrying to point out that you should be aware of where you are and who you are with – you are always making an impression so you may as well make them count!

My choice for the evening was my little sisters old prom dress. The dress was bought from Forever 21 a few years back for about $20. I love the drama of it – the high-low hem line paired with sky high velvet platform wedges let me show some skin while the sequins and jeweled necklace added shine to the top, pulling up the eyes. The skirt oves to catch the air – again adding to dramatics – and since the dress was a little large on me, a simple black belt helped to pull in the waist.

Since the dress says so much and is so dark – great for night events – I poped some color in by adding a bold lip and a smiple double braided side ponytail. For make up, I added a little sparkle and pulled my winged eyeliner out a little bit further and bolder. In these events, it’s all about balancing.

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First Communion Fahion.

The second event was our second graders first communion last Saturday. I was working this event as an assistant photographer so as well as being event and location appropriate, my dress also had to be functional for working with the kids and positioning myself around the curch without blocking views.

My choice for this event was a Target steal – $13 on sale! – floral, salmon-based, floor length dress. Since it’s hot here in California already, I loved the cut of this dress. the thin translucent overdress is thin enough to allow movement of air while the underdress is long enough for modesty. The overdress also has slits up both sides which came in handy when having to crouch down for pictures.

For chruch, the length of the dress also offsets the sleeveless top. Also because this is a day event, I suggest keeping a frilly dress like this paired with small accessories. Paired with sime thick heeled peep-toes and a belt-clinched waist, and you are ready for summer but with the easy sophistication to either run around a music festival – this was one mothers take on the outfit (besides that she loved it) – a picnic or, like me, a first communion.

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Baptism Fashion.

The third event was my niece’s baptism where I served as Godmother(!). Because Mags was all in white (of course) I wanted a bright bress for her to pop against. For Gilmore Girls fans, yes, I asked if a baby went with the dress before choosing it that morning.

This was another Target find – not on sale this time – that I paid $22 for.

I love the dresses high neck line and the pop of surrles aroung the sleeves. For Easter, I wore a much bigger necklace, but for this event I kept a shiny but simple silver necklace to pull the eyes up but that wouldn’t get in the way of the little one snuggling in.

Again, this was a day event so I made sure the makeup and hair stayed simple, with added day-time details like a floral cinch-belt and peeptoe heals (which switched to braided sandals for the afterparty). Add in some after-church shades and you are all kinds of set.

That’s it!

I’ve already talked about my other big social dress up days (look up my boat party post) which covers a very different kind of social event and setting.

So, here’s my sum up: look for appropriateness based on the who(s) and the where(s) of your event, pay attention to balance for your details as well as in your color palette, and (a big one for me) as much as you may want to spend money on an outfit because you have an excuse, you don’t have to spend much to make something work for you!

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Sorry this is short….

It’s been a long week of volunteer work – it’s softball season – and getting things done with the neice, so I’m going to keep this short and tell you about this weekend which I’ll post about in detail post-event.

My sister is a member of a group called SCA aka the Society of Creative Anachronism which I tag along to most weeks. This is an internationally reaching organization which celebrates 17th century and earlier arts, dress, fighting, history and more through recreation and events.

This upcoming weekend is our barony’s collegium – members will get together to teach/learn new skills from dress making, cooking, fighting, and metal/leather work.

I’m focusing my activities in crafting and can’t wait to show you all the fruits of this weekend and tell you more about the organization. Until then, for more information to look over in your own time is on the SCA website and have a fabulous weekend – I know I will!

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Fancy-Dress Bowling Style…

…and a little more on the boat party that wasn’t. So as promised on Tuesday and the epic tale of the missed boat adventures, here is outfit that launched a million(alright not quite…) smiles and strange looks across London (if you missed the full story, check out When you miss the boat…). A few posts back I wrote up a review on the shopping site Chicwish, mainly focused on the two tulle skirts I was pumped about ordering. Well, they not only came in quickly but they are just as much fun as I hoped they would be. And, yes, I am actually wearing both of these skirts in the picture!

Boat party dress... or not. London, England. May 2015.

Boat party dress… or not. London, England. May 2015.

I absolutely adore this Amore tulle skirt because it is so versatile—a feature you wouldn’t expect from a tulle skirt! Most of this versatility comes from the skirts construction: two layers of tulle over the darker base lining all cut in a basic A-line pattern which means that while this skirt has some natural volume, for the most part it lies flat. This means that wearing this to work, on the tube, around the city is just as easy and space consuming as any other skirt you could pick to wear—bigger skirts, for example, can make sitting down a major pain! When you are planning on making a party sized fashion statement, however, a bigger skirt may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Which brings us to my lovely Lavender mini. While this piece is a little less versatile for me—I am personally not a miniskirt at the office girl!—it does a great job double tasking as a beautiful weekend choice and a great substitute for a petticoat when worn at the hips. So yes, two skirts helped me make the above outfit totaling at about £50—£26 and £24 respectfully—which isn’t bad considering I didn’t have to construct them myself and taking Stacy and Clinton (What Not to Wear)’s ‘cost per wear’ into account. Still, with that kind of price tag, keeping the rest of your outfit on the cheaper side is always a good thing, if you can’t simply use what you have on hand, that is.

My Rory Gilmore styled go bag. London, Engalnd. May, 2015

My Rory Gilmore styled go bag. London, England. May, 2015

I got the black crop top (here’s a great design they didn’t have at my store but would be a great substitute!), belt, and hair flower at H&M which totaled out at less than £12. When it comes to your top, H&M and most other stores have different cuts, materials, and colors to choose from. For this look, it was important to get something that hugged my curves to offset the fullness of the skirt, in a complementary neutral color—black was perfect with the black belt and unlike a pale pink which would have matched the tulle nicely, black doesn’t show dirt or sweat from running around all night like a light shirt would have—and in a simple material that wouldn’t compete with the tulle—there are a lot of cute lace and knit tops but unless you are willing to pay loads for quality, they’ll probably just clash!

Devils in the Details. London, England. May, 2015.

Devils in the Details. London, England. May, 2015.

The rest of my outfit from heels and flats (both Target—the heels are from Massimo and cost me $15 last summer, look interchangeable with a variety of designer/boutique shoes still being sold but for at least double that price, and are very easy to run around in!) and jewelry I happened to have on hand but to get this look, just throw on what makes you comfortable and a (shiny) costume necklace that looks elegant, simple and brings attention up to your face. I top this off with an easy and fresh faced makeup design with rose-gold to bronze smokey eye with an exaggerated winged liner. To glam this up further, I lined my lower lashes, the inner corners of my eyes and just under the winged edge of the liner using the same shimmering gold ELF eye-shadow pencil I used for the gold part of the rose-gold lids. Because of the attention to my eyes, I kept the rest of my face simple forgoing any heavy concealer for a nice oil free face lotion—tinted BB Cream works just as well—and coral lipstick and blush blended with a touch of bronzer as a slight cheekbone contour. Another great makeup style for this look—which I’ll be doing next time—is to go full 50s style with a neural smokey eye, keeping the exaggerated cat eye, and a bold red lipstick (just be sure to either buy a brand that stays, fades well, or be willing to reapply throughout your night out!). Pair this with a leather moto-jacket rather than a cardigan, and you’ll make quite the statement! One last thing that I have to say about this outfit (or others like it) is that if you decide to go out on the town in it—even if you aren’t running across bridges and flashing tourists you pj shorts—be ready to draw attention to yourself. While the club boys trying to chat me up while I was trying to drink my cider and sing along to my girl T-Swift, even those who said truly nice things about the outfit before getting creepy, were a bigger pain than I needed, it was the people on the streets both during the day and walking home that made the outfit for me. From little girls with wide eyes to the security guards with their slight nods and small smiles I passed in the slight drizzle of late night London, knowing you look a little like a princess in the land of miniskirts is kind of a fun feeling. And no judgement on miniskirts—sometimes being a princess is just more fun!

–Taylor Gallagher

P.S. For inquiring minds, Cal’s excuse for forgetting to get me was something about a curling iron and other disasters which I didn’t fully understand during my Tuesday post. Apparently—from other reliable sources—there was a ripped dress incident and a last minute hair curler replacement errand which caused quiet the fuss—ie the disasters—but Cal really was fixing his hair and curls before he got distracted by everything else—the boy was lending girls HIS hairspray before they left. Nothing wrong with a man caring enough to put the effort in, but the explanation of all the disasters felt like a story worth sharing!

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Alice’s Adventures Underground …

And everywhere else!

Flamingo walls. Alice's Adventures Underground, The Vault, London. March 2015.

Flamingo walls. Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Vault, London. April 2015.

Since September, I’ve been feeling a bit lost in Wonderland—or, in my case, London. It’s a place so much like home and yet so strangely different in its details that I find myself feeling a bit like a wandering Alice in a new mad world where I’m never quite sure if I’ve slipped through the looking glass forever or if I’m just searching for the best path home.

And then, within my wonderings, I began to notice that London has developed its own Alice fever… the girl is everywhere from emerging patters and silhouettes and color themes in fashion to afternoon teas (1,2,3,4), to advertised events across the city (1,2,3,4,5), even stamps! It’s only recently that I discovered why:

2015 is the 150th Anniversary of Alice and Wonderland’s first publication.

The celebrations are bigger than any un-birthday the Hatter and Hare could ever come up with… but many are probably just as mad.

Of all these events, the maddest of them all would have to be the interactive experience worth visiting again and again: Alice’s Adventures Underground.

Alice's Adventures Underground, The Vault, London. March 2015.

Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Vault, London. April 2015.

I was able to attend this event last Saturday, in what one site led me to believe was the last weekend, and it was an amazing evening. And, luckier still, the event is NOT over. In fact, it’s running through August, which means I’ll be lining up to go at least one more time.

This event has multiple parts from a children’s show, a literary talk series, the interactive experience for up more grown up folk and a club area that stays open later each of which has a separate ticket and therefore price—make sure you’re buying for the right thing! (The children show is for children; no adult permitted without child—check that ticket!) In this post, I’ll be focusing on the Interactive show.

Since this is ongoing and who knows which of you might be gearing to go out, I don’t want to give too much away but I’ll tell you a little more about what you are in for than the main website does:

So, what you’ll learn from the website is that this is an interactive show based on the works by Lewis Carroll where you’ll get to explore a unique version of Wonderland by being part of it, all located within the bowels of The Vaults under Waterloo station.

Alice's Adventures Underground, The Vault, London. March 2015.

Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Vault, London. April 2015.

When you pick your time, you should be aware that you MUST arrive 15 minutes before that allotted time (again, this is on the site), however, if you want to have something to drink when you get to the in world tea party (you must prepay and preorder before going in to the show), get in the right mind set, have a pre-show drink, go to the bathroom, check your coats and bags (it costs 1 pound each checked item), or anything else you feel you need to do, get there even earlier. It’s also a little bit crazy trying to find the entrance so set out earlier than you think you do; you’ll thank me later.

There is also a dress code: you are in the land of the Queen of Hearts so it’s all red and black. Please, guys, for me (yes, this is begging) stick to the dress code! One thing I hadn’t realized before this adventure was that I’m an Alice. My wardrobe would be fit for playing the character, all blues and collars and with my blond hair and petite frame, even the actors played with the resemblance! Still, there were a few blues popping in and out of groups and it was the biggest pain as someone who was embracing the whole experience. Seriously, enjoy the night and go all in—it’s more fun that way!

Like I said, you have to check your coat and bag, but I encourage you to keep cash on you. You are let out into a great space where you can get more drinks and some food, and while you can go back and get your stuff and return to eat, it’s just easier if you have the cash stashed on your person. And it’s hot down there, so keep your layers light.

Now onto the stuff they don’t tell you:

The set is amazing and you will have choices as you interact within it. You enter in through this maze of boxes which let out into a room full of artifacts; pictures hanging from the ceiling, book shelves climbing the walls at impossible angles, mirrors and toys. Take a wander and explore—it’s not exactly a museum so you can touch, just don’t disrupt anything. Beware: don’t get too close to the walls as the doors are hidden and spring open to let you down the next passage ways.

Storytelling wise, you are entering Wonderland after Alice has come and gone, her name and person is a banned subject. The black cards (the clubs and spades) are part of an uprising in Wonderland, fighting to take down the King and Queen of Hearts, the reds (Hearts and Diamonds), on the other hand, are solving the conspiracy. Each suit will follow its own adventure—even coming in a group won’t guarantee you’ll all stay together so you should choose if you want to try sticking together as much as you can or all meet up at the end of the line.

If you are anxious about talking to characters or being approached, you should be aware that it’s possible that this is going to happen. You can either fight through or, if you are struggling, an actor will help you out. Even then, you very rarely have to do anything completely on your own. Don’t not go because you don’t want to be singled out—it’s worth it, I promise.

Alice's Adventures Underground, The Vault, London. March 2015.

Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Vault, London. April 2015.

When you do get to the end, don’t think this is just a room with a band, besides the wandering characters (who are definitely worth having a chat or to with), live music and food, there is a maze that leads through to a second bar as well as the makings of a royal flamingo croquet course for you to play with some friends through the “PIES” door and up the stairs. This is also the only space besides the pre-show room that you are allowed to take pictures in—yes, of and with the wandering characters as well.

That’s all you’re getting from me, at least, for now. Let me know with a comment if you have any questions and I’m sure to answer what I can. Also, here’s a master list I found with other Wonderland inspired events going on through and further out from London, so check your local listings.

Remember: It’s a mad world and we’re all mad here, but the best people usually are…

–Taylor Gallagher

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The Darling Buds: One hell of an evening.

Have you ever have left a show with the instant need to plug back into the music and dance across town until you finally pass out in bed for the night? The kind of show that leaves you singing for days?

Well, see a show by the brit boys The Darling Buds and you almost certainly will.

The venue:

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Huxton Square Bar & Kitchen is made up a three smaller spaces: a restaurant currently advertising their pizza selection across the website; the bar which I didn’t see much of except that it was pretty packed (though this could have been an irregularity due to a show night); and, finally, the back room where the show takes place.

The backroom is decently sized to rival any small club venue. Nowhere on the floor seems too far away from the stage so really only the crowd itself may become a sight issue.

At the back of the room is a second bar so you can keep drinking through the wait and opening show without fighting your way through the other crowd outside the doors.

I set up along the left side of the room right by the stage stairs. You may be tempted to get into the center stage area and I don’t blame you—I’ve done it myself countless times—but why fight for that when this spot gives you everything.

I wasn’t at the front of the line to get on but this space was clear. There was a table sticking out from the side stage storage compartment that was a nice storage space for a jacket if you are willing to risk it and a nice lean space in the long wait periods before things get to crowded.

This spot is between the two spaces the talent—if you will—passes through—the stage stairs and the door to what I can only imagine is the greenroom—which is quite interesting.

The view of the show is great as long as your there for the music and not just to grab at whoever is on the stage. If you want to see everyone on the band, you’re a little far to the side for a really clear shot but honestly you shouldn’t have anyone knocking into you and space to dance around.

Opening act:

The opening act was a quartet of boys from York called Hello Operator. I couldn’t place the ages of the band but they were young with quite the interesting sound. Oh, and they were very polite as they passed us on the way up to the stage—very nice boys.

They played a good set but the interesting thing which really stood out was the front man’s voice. It was the kind of voice that sounded like it was coming from somewhere between the back of neck and a head voice—a slight whine but with an unexpectedly strong edge.

They had a great stage presence however their age showed in some of the movements which seemed slightly stilted and rehearsed rather than something fluid or organic. Because of this I found myself watching the singers hand on his guitar rather than his larger physical movements—the glide of his fingers from one chord to the next was the opposite of the larger movements—well practiced and precise to flow with little effort.

Despite this larger stilted movements of halfhearted headbangs, I read an underlying and undeniable talent in a moment that could have ended up a disaster. After fumbling with pulling a pick out of his pocket, the lead singer strummed a measure or two before dropping the pick and moving on like none of it happened—completely smooth. I’m not sure which parts of this were timed and practiced and which just happened but between this and the sounds they produced, these boys are worth keeping an eye on.

The main event:

IMG_3828I’ve been lucky enough to see The Darling Buds preform twice before back in LA and, if I’ve learned anything from these shows, I’ve learned that they never disappoint. Listening to them play live gives you a totally different experience than listening to an album or even rewatching the shows in YouTube—which there are plenty to choose from, by the way, if you want to give these boys a listen.

From the change of inflection in every show to the added expletives to the ways they interact with everything around them, this is a band I can go see over and over again without regrets of either time or money spent. There is always something worth seeing when The Darling Buds take the stage.

If you’re looking to only hear the band play, you’ll be out of luck. The crowds who flock to these boys know every word to every song and watching the expressions and the bits of language which spill from the boys is well worth listening to crowd scream lyrics back at the stage. They seem to be preforming pretty regularly, and still are blown away from the audiences enthusiasm and they definitely embrace and even play with that spirit whenever they can.

If you end up in this crowd and don’t know the words yet—one of the lovely ladies I met last night didn’t—you won’t be left out. The sound these boys make lets you rock with the crowd and you don’t need to know anything more than how to appreciate good music to get swept away with the rest of us.

I went to this show alone but was quickly welcomed to scream and sing with a small group of fans—dancing and just enjoying my night. And from what I can tell, this isn’t an odd experience in this global group that is nothing short of a fandom. There are no outsiders in a room like this and that’s just one of a million reasons I could give to go see these boys in action just as soon as you are able.

I’ve been to a lot of concerts throughout my life in all kinds of venues and musical genres, but it is bands like this ad venues like this that really make the experience of standing in a small room, dancing like an idiot, screaming until you can’t speak for days and ending up covered in both your own sweat and the sweat of who knows how many other equally excited people that makes me come back time and time again.

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When it comes to watching a show put on by these lovely men, my recommendation above all else is, when the crowd really gets going, stop looking through the camera lens you’ve no doubt been filming through—seriously so many videos!—and just look at Jamie Bower and the rest of the Darling Buds’ faces as they listen to the crowd sing.

That’s love and that’s the reason you should love these boys and the noise they make. It sweeps you up and definitely feels like magic.

–Taylor Gallagher

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Event Review: Box Tale Soup’s “Casting the Runes”

Near the end of reading week I had the pleasure of taking a quick train ride out to Bath to run around for the evening and take in a show.

Specifically, the dramatic and most fabulously done “Casting the Runes” as performed by the duo company Box Tale Soup.

To start, the play took place in the Mission Theatre in Bath which is a decent space with very friendly people who are very willing to help you with anything you need. However, my friend and I ended up having to stop and ask for directions once or twice after a slight misdirect from the main box office.

The theatre feels almost like it’s on the outskirts of town with a shot of a parking structure out the front of the theatre and surrounded by at least on hole in the wall where—after the show—a rather rowdy group of gentlemen were drinking their night away. I’m not sure if they were staying the night, but my friend and I definitely picked up our pace heading back into the main thoroughfare!

The actual show was amazing and definitely a thriller.

Official poster of Box Tale Soup's "Casting the Runes"

Official poster of Box Tale Soup’s “Casting the Runes”

“Casting the Runes” is a one act adaptation of M.R. James’ short story of the same name (with a few alterations and additions including some moments pulled from James’ other works). The story (as told by Box Tale Soup) of Edward Dunning, a scholar (and sceptic) of supernatural phenomenon, whose life is quickly turned upside down (in short) when he receives a strange strip of paper covered with runic lettering.

Whether or not you know James’ work, the show put on by Box Tale Soup tells this story in a truly thrilling  and (at times) terrifying way that holds you transfixed and unable to look away from the on stage (if only for fear of something sneaking up on you in the dark!).

Part of what makes Box Tale Soup so unique as a company and an experience in the brilliant dynamic between the two human actors as well as the truly terrifying and brilliantly thought out use of props and puppets (only one for this production!).

That’s right: PUPPETS!

In many instances, I know, when a person thinks of puppets they think of children’s toys and shows. Casting the Runes is one major exception. This puppet, playing the role of Mr. Karswell, is a speechless figure draped in a flowing black cloak and hat with a white almost featureless face save for piercing, glowing green eyes which sent a chill down my spine every time it made its presence known on stage. Both its use and design were flawless as were each costume and seen change set to a sung rendition of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (and I will never read that poen the same way again!).

The tropes set up is a two person team (a lovely married pair of actors) who travel around with all their props packed up into easily portable suitcases which allow them to do pop up shows pretty much anywhere and in any kind of space.

All in all, I highly recommend this spooky stage adaptation and will hopefully (if time and money allow!) be seeing this couple again later this year for their award winning adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abby” which I’ve been told is a must see.

–Taylor Gallagher

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